atrical is located here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-14944470
Its a rather interesting Read if not trying ever so hard to defend Religon. i though i would pick out a few things and put my comments on them.
"Obviously, there are areas of life where having good reasons for what we believe is very important. Courts of law and medicine are evidence-based practices, which need rigorous procedures to establish the facts" In that case why isn't the fact of religon put to this Test? its so fundermental in our society that it has just been acepted, Never throughly tested to show its actually right. Its like ruling your life to Arts, no facts just opinions.
"That doesn't mean we have to believe the latest scientific consensus. If we know anything, it's that our current theories will turn out to be riddled with errors" your doing it wrong. Science looks at the enviroment and trys to explain it in a way that is CLOSE to what it actually is, obviously somethings are very hard and will have errors, But said errors will be found and corrected when tecnology provides the means.
"Science isn't actually about belief - any more than religion is about belief" Science is about FATS, Religon is about the Rejection of Facts if they confilit with what you beleive.
"If Darwin's theory of evolution is even roughly right, humans aren't built to understand how the universe works. The human brain evolved under the pressures of the struggle for life." evolution is rather solid, its shown in nature in micro and large scale. Humans were cold so we devised a way to make us warm, humans invted Myhts and Religon to try to explain the world around them. Humans strive for knowledge in every way, All reigon has done is opress this knowledge.
"Science hasn't enabled us to dispense with myths. Instead it has become a vehicle for myths - chief among them, the myth of salvation through science. Many of the people who scoff at religion are sublimely confident that, by using science, humanity can march onwards to a better world. " Sciences has never said that it can disprove religon because it can't, THERE IS NO SCIENCE TO RELIGON ITS JUST OPINIONS, the opinions of a stubbon mule.
"But "humanity" isn't marching anywhere. Humanity doesn't exist, there are only human beings, each of them ruled by passions and illusions that conflict with one another and within themselves. " Yes we conflict, but Humanity is MARCHING, heck its fucking sprinting with science its marched INTO SPACE, shot to the fathest reachers of the solarsystem, put men on the moon, explored the world, lets your travel around the world quicker that ever, provided the intenet, provides computers with out science we would be living like african tribes, in mud huts with nothing of tecnology and science. as albert einsten says "Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal." tecnology is science.
"Science has given us many vital benefits, so many that they would be hard to sum up. But it can't save the human species from itself." science doesn't envoke wars, it just provides the way to win/lose them. the fundermental human nature of religon causes wars (NOT ALL WARS THO)
"The idea that humans will rise from the dead may be incredible, but no more so than the notion that "humanity" can use science to remake the world." science has already made the world look at it! afican tribes have been living with religon for thousands of years, Now look at the western World its like a a universe away from what it was.
the march of tecnological progress is relentless and unforgiving, but necessary its trying to change something that has been accpeted for Millenia, its like trying to disprove a theory that is broken beyond beleive but works in two or three ways, it just doesn't want to die as we don't have a theory for those two or three ways.
wow that was a long post.